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Characters: Ready Player One
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    The "High Five" 

The High Five

  • Five-Man Band: Somewhat.
    • The Hero: Parzival
    • The Lancer: Aech
    • The Big Guy: Daito is somewhat of a Type 1. He never joins the group in full, but does fulfill the role in the long run.
    • The Smart Girl: Art3mis, especially prominent in the finale, when she knows more about "Tempest" than Wade does, and kept a real-life copy of her egg notes, considering her account had died.
    • The Heart: Shoto, oddly considering his Red Oni status to Daito.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Following Daito's death.
    • Sanguine: Aech
    • Choleric: Parzival
    • Leukine: Shoto, though with some elements of Sanguine as well.
    • Melancholic: Art3mis, to a degree.
  • Kid Heroes: They're all, at maximum, about twenty.

Parzival (Wade Owen Watts)

The protagonist of the novel, Wade Watts is a kid in the slums of Oklahoma City who becomes the first person to find the Copper Key, starting the true hunt five years after it began.

Aech (Helen Harris)

Wade's best friend in the OASIS, he starts as a professional arena fighter who also works as a gunter. "He" is really a she, the African American, lesbian Helen Harris.

Art3mis (Samantha Evelyn Cook)

A female gunter who Wade has a geek crush on. They start dating somewhat as the contest goes on, but break it off after a while for the duration of the contest.
  • Action Girl: In the OASIS.
  • Badass Bookworm: Like any prominent gunter.
  • Gamer Chick
  • Girls with Guns: In the OASIS.
  • Humongous Mecha: For clearing the Jade Gate, she gets a copy of Minerva X that she can pilot.
  • Leet Speak: Since straight up "Artemis" was taken.
  • Love Interest: To Parzival.
  • Magic Knight: The first prominent one Wade interacts with in the OASIS.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Subverted. Art3mis flies off the handle at Wade when she learns that he lied about having beaten the Tomb of Horrors Lich and thereby obtaining The Copper Key, but she's not really as angry about his dishonesty as she is about the fact that he beat the Lich on the first try when it took her five weeks. She later apologizes for blowing up and acknowledges that he was only doing what any Gunter in his place would have done.

Daito (Toshiro Yoshiaki)

Shoto's "older brother" in the OASIS, he's rather brash and irritable. He is murdered by IOI when they throw him off a balcony in his home while he is protecting Shoto as he goes for the Jade Gate.

Shoto (Akihide Karatsu)

Daito's "little brother" in the OASIS, he serves as a voice of reason. Following Daito's murder, he stops caring about getting the Egg and aims for revenge instead.

    Major Characters 

Nolan Sorrento (IOI-#655321)

Head of Operations at the Oology Division of Innovative Online Industries, Sorrento hopes to gain the Egg so that IOI can take control of the OASIS, putting charges on using the simulation at all.

Ogden "Og" Morrow (The Great And Powerful Og)

Co-creator of the OASIS and close friend of Halliday, he left Gregarious Simulation Systems some years prior to Halliday's death due to his belief that it was becoming a Lotus-Eater Machine. Halliday entrusted him with keeping the contest for the egg cheating-free, and he helps the High Five's remaining members in the finale by giving them a safe real-life place to log into the OASIS.
  • Big Good: By the finale.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's in his seventies, and still acts like he's a teenager at heart.
  • One of the Kids: He acts like any gunter, even calling out IOI on live television and laughing about it.
  • Physical God: In the OASIS.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Both Ogden's avatar can do pretty much whatever he wants, including snoop on private chat rooms. An unusual benevolent example, as Ogden is using his powers to keep an eye on the High Five so he can help them out if they need it.

James Donovan Halliday (Anorak)

Creator of the OASIS and starter of the hunt for the Egg, Halliday was a computer programming genius prior to his death. An Eccentric Millionaire, he's modeled after Howard Hughes and Richard Garriott.

    Minor Characters 

Aunt Alice

The sister of Wade's deceased mother, his aunt lives with her current boyfriend Rick and regularly pawns off Wade's possessions to pay for rent for the three of them.

Karen "Kira" Underwood

Ogden's late wife. Halliday's unspoken love for her and jealousy of Og was the reason why they did not speak for a decade prior to his death.
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